The dynamic transformation of Chinese society that has paralleled
changes in the international environment has had a direct impact on
both the making and shaping of Chinese foreign policy. To understand
the complex nature of these changes is of utmost importance to the
international community in seeking China’s engagement and cooperation.
Although much about China’s foreign policy decision making remains
obscure, this Policy Paper make clear that it is possible to identify the
interest groups vying for a voice in policy formulation and to explore their
policy preferences. Uniquely informed by the authors’ access to individuals
across the full range of Chinese foreign policy actors, this Policy Paper
reveals a number of emergent trends, chief among them the changing face
of China’s official decision-making apparatus and the direction that actors
on the margins would like to see Chinese foreign policy take.
New Foreign Policy Actors in China was named as one of the top 10 publications on global political economy in 2010 by Foreign Policy magazine.
2. Official foreign policy actors
3. Factors influencing the mindset of foreign policy actors
4. Foreign policy actors on the margins
About the authors
Linda Jakobson (Finland) is Director of the SIPRI China and Global
Security Programme. She has lived and worked in China for over 15 years
and is fluent in Chinese. She has written six books about China and has
published extensively on China’s foreign policy, the Taiwan Strait, China’s
energy security, and China’s policies on climate change and science and
technology. Prior to joining SIPRI in 2009, Jakobson worked for 10 years for
the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), most recently as
director of its China Programme.
Dean Knox (United States) is a Research Assistant with the SIPRI China
and Global Security Programme. He holds a BS in nuclear engineering from
the University of Illinois and a certificate in non-proliferation studies from
the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Knox was previously a
research assistant at the East Asia Nonproliferation Program of the James
Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. He is fluent in Chinese and
lived in Taiwan for six years.
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